Les Cohen’s Outside the Wall Column by Les H. Cohen, Mutual 15
Legislative Advocate Emeritus/ OC Ombudsman

Occasionally I receive calls from residents who ask why the long-term ombudsman program is managed by the Council On Aging-OC (COA-OC.)
Long term care ombudsman (ombudsman is a Swedish word) are advocates for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, assisted living and similar adult care facilities.
They work to resolve problems of individual residents and to bring about change at the local, state and national levels to improve care. The ombudsman program began in 1972 as a demonstration program. Today the LTC ombudsman program is established in all U.S. states under the Older Americans Act (OAA) administered by the Federal Administration on Aging.
In California, the office of the state Long Term Care Ombudsman is in the Dept of Aging. Thirty-five local ombudsman programs collectively cover all 58 counties in California.
Their mandates/mission are to provide the independence, health and dignity of adults through compassion, education and advocacy.
Some of the COA-OC programs/services include: Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program(HICAP); long term care ombudsman program; financial abuse specialist (FAST); education and outreach; Smilemakers Guild; ReConnect program; and the friendly visitor program
For more information on any of the programs, or to volunteer, visit www.coaoc.org or call (714) 479-0107.

Letters to the Editor

Based on a 2013 U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Association magazine article, I want readers to be alerted to the fact that some organizations and charities, such as the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), have directed funds within their charities to top executives, who are making make up to $400,000 each.
There are well-meaning individuals in this community who have had the good fortune, and God’s blessings, to be financially secure.
Various mailings and solicitations appeal to people’s sympathy, causing them to give to charities to help others. Giving makes people feel that they are “good Americans.”
I no longer give to the DAV, since I found out that “beggars are thieves above and beyond all belief.”
Maybe there are others who need to review lifetime memberships in organizations like the DAV. I feel like a fool to have supported someone’s lavish lifestyle instead of providing for the disabled as I believed I was doing. No more!
Eugene Keefner
Mutual 2
On behalf of the blind and physically impaired residents of Leisure World, we want to thank Grant Winford and his drivers for their excellent bus service.
It’s far more than just a ride. It allows us to be free, and it allows us take advantage of all LW has to offer. We can be free to visit our clubs, restaurants, churches, Health Care Center, even the downtown cafe.
Those who complain about the bus service should be careful what they wish for. There may come a time when they, too, may need the bus service and it won’t be there. Then what will they do?
I am thankful for this service.
Charles Fulghum
Mutual 15
The letter from Norma Poe, Mutual 17, (The News May 15) re: “actual stealing” food left for the U.S.P.S. food drive reminded me of an incident that occurred at my husband’s school where I volunteer two days a week.
A fourth grade teacher said she had just bawled out one of her students who wasn’t paying attention to the lessons all morning. When she asked him what was wrong, he said that he was hungry.
He said that his grandma hadn’t fixed dinner the night before or breakfast that morning. The teacher told him that he was old enough to fix things himself and that was no excuse.
I suggested to her that maybe there was no food to fix since it was the end of the month. She was startled, because she hadn’t thought about that. Later, after checking further, the boy was place on the free breakfast and lunch program at the school.
Since the food drive is to benefit those less fortunate than others, has Ms. Poe considered that the people helping themselves to the food that is left out for the drive belong to that group?
Instead of “jumping to conclusions” stop to consider that we have people in LW that are on very limited incomes and need the extra food.
Gene Yaffee
Mutual 15
Credits and Kudos

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Friends of the Library President Dolores Parker thanks members of the Garden Club who did a great job of updating and decorating the gardens around the bookstore and library. Those who work in the bookstore and their customers enjoy the warm atmosphere provided by the gardens.
Nita Lambert of Mutual 14 thanks new shareholder and Director Lee Melody for discovering $750,000 laying in a non-interest bearing bank account for over two years, with $500,000 of it uninsured. Over the objections of the CFO, Mr. Melody was also instrumental in placing these funds in several venues which are now paying our mutual interest and the accounts are properly insured.
Mutual 1 resident Dorothy Geisler thanks the GAF hospitality volunteers who serve coffee to residents in the Clubhouse 6 Hospitality Room. Residents are encouraged residents to bring their own cups.